Torchlight II will not be released in 2011, developer Runic Games has announced.

Travis Baldree, president of Runic Games, posted on the Torchlight II website yesterday to confirm that people won't be playing the dungeon-crawler until 2012 at the earliest, but that they won't have to wait much longer.

"The first Torchlight was released in record time, but it had plenty of issues that a little more development could have resolved. We didn't have the resources at the time to give Torchlight that treatment. Right at this moment though, we do have those resources for the sequel, and we feel strongly that we should apply them to make this the best game we can make and hopefully one that you'll enjoy and continue to want to play in the future. We've probably had 18 months of full development time on it so far - not excessively long yet, as far as that goes. The amount of time we need to take it the rest of the way is relatively small."

"We feel pretty safe in saying that if you enjoyed Torchlight at all, this sequel is superior in every respect. Right now our job is to ensure that the quality level is consistent all the way to the end."

Baldree also mentioned that there are plenty of other AAA titles on the market right now to hold your interest.

"You're all playing Skyrim right now anyway, aren't you? Or Battlefield 3? Or Uncharted 3? Or Saints Row 3? Or Arkham City? Or Skyward Sword? Or Minecraft? Or Modern Warfare 3? Or Dark Souls? Or Assassin's Creed Revelations?"

"Those are awesome games. When Torchlight 2 goes live, we want it to be awesome too - all the way through."

The delay will likely force Torchlight II to compete against rival Blizzard RPG Diablo III, which is currently scheduled for a 2012 release. It looks like it stands a chance, however: the XBLA version of the original Torchlight received an 8/10 from

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